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The iconic 60s comic strip that never was...until now!
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Goldtiger Press Release


(For your edification, here's the full press release that is now doing the rounds, like a drunk Samaritan Band tuba player panhandling for sympathetic change):


By Antonio Barreti and Louis Schaeffer (Presented by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton)

 It’s the secret history of the greatest comic of the 1960s that you’ve never heard of. 

But it’s also a Kickstarter success story, a time-capsule of one of the most exciting and fertile periods in comics, and an entirely new departure for 2000 AD. 

Goldtiger, presented by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton is being published by 2000 AD in March 2016. 

Begun as a Kickstarter campaign, this love-letter to the British newspaper adventure strips of the 20th Century is a fascinating and full-bloodied mix of Modesty Blaise and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. 

‘Rescued’ by 2000 AD for publication, it is the first time the publisher has published a work not previously serialised in the publisher’s weekly and monthly anthologies. 

With incredible veracity and a feel for the period, Adams and Broxton uncover the touching story of the creators behind the ‘60s most surprising secret agents. In the spirit of the legendary Modesty Blaise and Garth newspaper strips, Goldtiger. 

This volume collects together an archive of ‘behind the scenes’ material of the strip that never was – letters, scripts, interviews, sketches – all documenting the creation of the strip and the outlandish lives of its creators and their unbelievable brush with 2000 AD. 

Of all the Sixties newspaper strips, one of the most discussed has to be Antonio Barreti and Louis Shaeffer’s Goldtiger. Uncollected until today, this astonishing book lifts the lid on comics' most unsung creation and also reveals its incredible connection to British Comics Icon and the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000 AD! 

Working with Shaeffer, a writer entrenched in the world of crime and sci-fi pulp magazines, Barreti produced the first serial in its entirety. Deemed too sensational – not least because both of its main characters were openly homosexual – the strip was cancelled, but even Barreti’s mental breakdown didn’t hold him back, he continued to write Goldtiger and later mysteriously vanished. 

Using extensive restoration techniques and after many years of scouring the archives, Goldtiger is ready to be presented again, complete from the very beginning, starting with their debut adventure The Poseidon Complex. 

“This extraordinary secret history is something that we had to see revealed. 2000 AD’s history of bestselling archive collections, from the Daily Dredd’s to our Case Files series is about to take the most unexpected new turn with Goldtiger.” Ben Smith, Head of Rebellion Publishing. 

“Goldtiger is everything I ever wanted in a comic strip” says Broxton. A “heady cocktail of derring do, daring outfits and even more daring sexuality”. The chance to represent this lost 60s classic to a new and hopefully eager audience represents a dream come true, a dream “peppered with bullets, bra straps and brutal bravado”. Perfect reading for a lazy, sunny afternoon then, or a wet and windy one, this is England after all.” 

“Few creators could fail to recognise parts of themselves in Barreti and Schaeffer,” says Guy Adams, “one is the prolific hack, desperate to pay the bills and the other a principled artist, determined to kick against the pricks and get his story told, whether or not anyone’s willing to hear it.” 



Guy Adams has made so many things up he’s at risk of becoming fictional himself. He’s the author of the Clown Service series, the Heaven’s Gate trilogy and the Deadbeat books. So, that’s weird spy novels, weird westerns and weird crime thrillers. Perhaps, gentle reader, he’s a bit weird. His current project is a frankly ill advisedly epic series of YA novellas called The Change. He also writes comics: Ulysses Sweet: Maniac for Hire, Rogue Trooper and Voodoo Planet for 2000AD and The Engine for Madefire. 


Not entirely fictional, and never entirely sober, Broxton has been creating comics in various forms for as long as he can remember (at leat a fortnight then). When not teaming up with his partner in crime Guy Adams, he works on various original graphic novel projects that he hopes will reach the light of day before too long, or before closing time, which ever comes sooner. 

Publishing News


Hi Groovetigers,

Well, so much for our carefully planned announcement, eh?

As some of you may have seen. The listing info for the Goldtiger went live on Amazon yesterday. This wasn't planned by either our publishing partners (Rebellion) or ourselves. The agreed plan was that we'd get to tell you guys first then, very shortly after, a general press release would go out. Best laid plans of mice and tigers...

This sort of thing can happen as some of you may know, the convoluted data web of info between publishers, distributors and Amazon is a nightmare and publishing information has to be submitted many months in advance (though is intended to stay 'in house' and not be public). When we spotted the Amazon info (which was placeholder info at best) had gone live we nudged Rebellion and they sprang into action to get it pulled (which it now has been). 

In the meantime Bleeding Cool spotted it and... ran a news post about it!

So that was that, the cat can no longer even see the bag, let alone be said to live in it.

So, yes, we've partnered with Rebellion. As some of you may know I've worked with them extensively with my novels as well as my various 2000AD series so they were an obvious publisher to speak to when the proverbial hit the spinning air thing. We discussed various ideas with them and mutually came up with a plan to expand the book to include some extra material pulling Barreti's (frustrated) attempts to revive Goldtiger for 2000AD into the mix. Because... well, once you discover he tried to do that of course you'd want to include it. So, the book you were expecting plus a bit more, basically.

Jimmy and I have been discussing how to ensure backers get something above and beyond the trade edition, as is your right, and we'll announce details about that as they pull together. Rest assured we intend to look after you just as you have looked after us throughout this protracted nonsense. In the meantime, while both we and Rebellion would rather it had been announced another way, let's concentrate on the good news: Goldtiger is on the way and it's bigger than ever.

Love and thanks to you all as always, this has been a right old journey but see that? Just over there? That's the finish line that is.

*Pops champagne cork*

About bloody time!"

Better than a Savoy Truffle... you know it's Good News...


Hello Tigers…

Well, guess what?

We have a publisher willing to help spread the crazy love that is Goldtiger.

For now, we can't give details (or even name them) as they’ll need to factor the release of the book into their schedule and promote it accordingly when the time is right. It won't be far away.

Although long completed, we are now making some changes to the content of the book (adding more material that came to light following a search of the archives of our golden new publishing partners, stuff that is really too groovy not to include) the end is now in sight and we couldn't be more pleased.

Rest assured you lovely things, all the extra goodies promised and pledged for will be coming your way along with the book, which will be enhanced and unique to this Kickstarter. We’ll reveal just how special your exclusive editions will be as soon as we can.

Because the book will be expanding (and because the publisher wants to tie everything together) we won't be releasing the digital version just yet, hope you all understand the reasoning.

Once again, thank you all for your incredible support and patience.

WE made it!

Peace, love and underthings…..

J and G

We love you yeah, yeah...yeah!


Hello Tigers...

So, the Goldtiger super computer has finally given us a result for our fab four Beatles competition, it also gave us quite a scare when smoke started pouring out of its handle. We managed to calm it down and save most of the furniture it lives next to.

Everyone who entered the competition answered the question correctly. The house in question was of course Kinfauns, belonging to George Harrison.

And the winner is.....all of you! Yes, all you tigers who entered will receive an original Beatle drawing by Barreti, this is is made possible by a chance discovery of yet more art, the sofa at the Barreti residence remains a treasure trove of lost gems, and seems to be a gift that keeps on giving (as do the springs).

We'll have news soon on the publishing partner situation, we are considering at least making it available now as a digital release, we wonder, what do you all think? Would you all like to see a digital version now, (thus allowing us to fulfil the digital only pledges) or continue to hold out for the print edition? Obviously, we are mindful that our digital backers are having to wait for a physical copy to emerge that they didn't even order to enable the release of their preferred version, so it's a tricky one. Any input much appreciated.

Peace, love and underthings.

J and G

Burning Bright...into the night!


Hello Tigers...

We plan to update you very soon on progress with finding a publishing partner, as soon as we know, so shall you all, you lovely people.

We are now at the final design stage with the book, and the all important cover is a hot topic of debate here at Goldtiger HQ, here's the most recent mock up, with a groovy new Beatles inspired logo. This may not be the final cover, but we wanted to share, because we are like that.

This has given us an idea for another competition, it's a little known fact that during the height of Beatlemania our man Barreti was approached to work on a strip telling the story of the Beatles, although more of a Dean Martin type of guy, he did try out for the gig. It came to nothing, but some of the art remains and is securely stored in the ever expanding Goltiger/Barreti vault. 

We have decided to offer one of these original sketches, as a competition prize. To win, simply tell us the name of the house at 16 Claremont Drive where the fab four would, on occasion record demos of new songs. Please also tell us which Beatle you would like (sketches exist of all four) , those asking for Pete Best will be out of luck. The deadline for this comp with be May 1st, with the lucky winner selected as usual by the Goldtiger supercomputer. Best of luck!

Gold tiger cover mock up number 6
Gold tiger cover mock up number 6

 Speak soon, a summer of love is coming.....

J and G